Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Tuesday, Jun. 20, 2017
Film Review: Director Michael Showalter's "The Big Sick"
That two people could overcome centuries-old cultural obstacles, the perils of modern dating and a critical illness and end up together is a great story. That those two people also managed to adapt their own great story into a great movie is a miracle. It's the wonder of "The Big Sick ," the must-...
Monday, Jun. 19, 2017
Review: Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled"
"The Beguiled" is a strange and uncomfortable film in both of its iterations. Sofia Coppola's take is more nuanced than the 1971 original, with deeper insight into the ladies of Ms. Farnsworth's Seminary and perhaps not enough into the wounded soldier who disrupts their lives. The writer-director...
Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017
Salma Hayek, Director Miguel Arteta Reflect On "Beatriz at Dinner"
The culture clash drama "Beatriz at Dinner" wasn't written about Donald Trump, but Salma Hayek understands why you might think it was. In the film, Hayek plays a Mexican healer who finds herself at an intimate dinner party with her wealthy clients and their wealthier friends — including a ruthless...
Thursday, Jun. 8, 2017
Review: Director Alex Kurtzman's "The Mummy"
Of all the CGI-ed supernatural forces slung in Alex Kurtzman's "The Mummy" (and, believe me, there are a lot), none can compete with the spectral spectacle of Tom Cruise, at 54. He and his abs are almost creepily ageless. So it's almost fitting that in one of the typically bonkers scenes in "The...
Tuesday, Jun. 6, 2017
Review: Director Trey Edward Shults' "It Comes at Night" 
"It Comes at Night " has the title of a horror film and, at times, the mood of one, but it is far too restrained to get the juices of the genre crowd going. That's not an accident or a mistake, however. More likely, it's a cheeky riff on the leaden, generic titles of so many jump-scare films before...
Thursday, Jun. 1, 2017
Review: Director David Soren's "Captain Underpants" 
With a title like "Captain Underpants," you expect kid-friendly fart jokes and toilet humor. What you may not expect is a sweet story that touches on adult loneliness, the importance of arts education and how laughter and friendship are life essentials at any age. Based on the popular children's...
Wednesday, May. 31, 2017
Review: Director David Leveaux's "The Exception"
Has any lion in winter ever roared like Christopher Plummer? In British theater director David Leveaux's WWII thriller "The Exception," Plummer plays Wilhelm II, the exiled emperor of Germany and king of Prussia who, having abdicated the throne after the defeat of World War I, has spent the last...
Tuesday, May. 30, 2017
Review: Director Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman"
"Wonder Woman " has been the subject of so much superfluous fuss, it'd be easy to forget that behind all of the hand-wringing and both symbolic and real pressure to succeed there's actually a movie meant to entertain. Yet, like the heroine at its center, "Wonder Woman" the movie rises with powerful...
Wednesday, May. 24, 2017
Review: Director David Michod's "War Machine" Starring Brad Pitt
Here's a general rule of thumb: If you're going to rely heavily on voiceover to tell your movie's story, and exclusively so in the first 15 minutes with an assault of colorful character introductions, you'd do well to make sure that the narrator is a compelling one. Unfortunately for writer and...
Friday, May. 19, 2017
Cannes Lions Preview: Film, Glass, Innovation, Entertainment and Music Jury Perspectives
Wendy Clark has a propensity for breaking new ground at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In 2011, when she was president of Sparkling Brands and Strategic Marketing for Coca-Cola North America, Clark became the first client-side marketer to head the Creative Effectiveness...